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Journal of agricultural and food chemistry

Simultaneous determination of ethidimuron, methabenzthiazuron, and their two major degradation products in soil.


PMID 17002407

Abstract

An analytical method has been developed for the quantification of two herbicides (ethidimuron and methabenzthiazuron) and their two main soil derivatives. This method involves fluidized-bed extraction (FBE) prior to cleanup and analysis by reverse-phase liquid chromatography with UV detection at 282 nm. FBE conditions were established to provide efficient extraction without degradation of the four analytes. (14)C-labeled compounds were used for the optimization of extraction and purification steps and for the determination of related efficiencies. Extraction was optimal using a fexIKA extractor operating at 110 degrees C for three cycles (total time = 95 min) with 75 g of soil and 150 mL of a 60:40 v/v acetone/water mixture. Extracts were further purified on a 500 mg silica SPE cartridge. Separation was performed on a C18 Purosphere column (250 mm x 4 mm i.d.), at 0.8 mL min(-1) and 30 degrees C with an elution gradient made up of phosphoric acid aqueous solution (pH 2.2) and acetonitrile. Calibration curves were found to be linear in the 0.5-50 mg L(-1) concentration range. Besides freshly spiked soil samples, method validation included the analysis of samples with aged residues. Recovery values, determined from spiked samples, were close to 100%. Limits of detection ranged between 2 and 3 microg kg(-1) of dry soil and limits of quantification between 8 and 10 microg kg(-1) of dry soil. An attempt to improve these performances by using fluorescence detection following postcolumn derivatization by orthophthalaldehyde-mercaptoethanol reagent was unsuccessful.

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